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Sunday 16 December 2018

American Music Awards: Taylor Swift breaks Whitney Houston's record for number of wins by a female

Plus the list of the main winners

Taylor Swift performs I Did Something Bad at the American Music Awards (Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
Taylor Swift performs I Did Something Bad at the American Music Awards (Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
Gladys Knight performs Amazing Grace (Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
Taylor Swift opened the American Music Awards with her first awards show performance in nearly three years (Ian West/PA)
Host Tracee Ellis Ross at the American Music Awards, where XXXTentacion won a posthumous award (Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
Mariah Carey performs With You at the AMAs (Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
Host Tracee Ellis Ross wore a shirt that read ‘I am a Voter’ at the American Music Awards (Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
Camila Cabello won four American Music Awards (Ian West/PA)

Keiran Southern

A triumphant Taylor Swift urged people to vote in November’s US midterm elections as she swept the board at the American Music Awards (AMAs).

The popstar – who on Sunday broke her long-held silence over political matters to announce she is voting for the Democrats – scooped tour, album, female and artist of the year.

The gongs brought her to a career total of 23 AMAs, meaning she overtook Whitney Houston for the most wins by a female artist at the fan-voted show.

Accepting the artist of the year prize on stage, Swift said: “I just want to say to the fans, you have been so nice to me and fun and funny and so cool and so loyal, and it’s not lost on me, I understand how lucky I am.”

2018 American Music Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 09/10/2018 – Jennifer Lopez poses. REUTERS/Mike Blake
2018 American Music Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 09/10/2018 – Jennifer Lopez poses. REUTERS/Mike Blake
2018 American Music Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 09/10/2018 – Taylor Swift poses. REUTERS/Mike Blake
2018 American Music Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 09/10/2018 – Taylor Swift poses. REUTERS/Mike Blake
2018 American Music Awards - Arrivals - Los Angeles, California, U.S., 09/10/2018 - Renee Bargh. REUTERS/Mike Blake
2018 American Music Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 09/10/2018 – Laura Marano poses. REUTERS/Mike Blake
2018 American Music Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 09/10/2018 – Tracee Ellis Ross poses. REUTERS/Mike Blake
2018 American Music Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 09/10/2018 – Lexi Drew poses. REUTERS/Mike Blake
2018 American Music Awards - Arrivals - Los Angeles, California, U.S., 09/10/2018 - Nia Sioux. REUTERS/Mike Blake
2018 American Music Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 09/10/2018 – Taylor Swift poses. REUTERS/Mike Blake
2018 American Music Awards - Arrivals - Los Angeles, California, U.S., 09/10/2018 - Renee Bargh. REUTERS/Mike Blake
2018 American Music Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 09/10/2018 – Laura Marano poses. REUTERS/Mike Blake
2018 American Music Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 09/10/2018 – Sibley Scoles poses. REUTERS/Mike Blake
2018 American Music Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 09/10/2018 – Poppy poses. REUTERS/Mike Blake
2018 American Music Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 09/10/2018 – Taylor Swift poses. REUTERS/Mike Blake
2018 American Music Awards - Arrivals - Los Angeles, California, U.S., 09/10/2018 - Kane Brown. REUTERS/Mike Blake
2018 American Music Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 09/10/2018 – Dua Lipa poses. REUTERS/Mike Blake
2018 American Music Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 09/10/2018 – Charisse Mills poses. REUTERS/Mike Blake
2018 American Music Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 09/10/2018 – Patrick Starrr poses. REUTERS/Mike Blake
2018 American Music Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 09/10/2018 – Poppy poses. REUTERS/Mike Blake
2018 American Music Awards - Arrivals - Los Angeles, California, U.S., 09/10/2018 - Shawn Mendes. REUTERS/Mike Blake
2018 American Music Awards - Arrivals - Los Angeles, California, U.S., 09/10/2018 - Amara La Negra. REUTERS/Mike Blake
2018 American Music Awards - Arrivals - Los Angeles, California, U.S., 09/10/2018 - Kelsea Ballerini. REUTERS/Mike Blake
2018 American Music Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 09/10/2018 – Alex Pall (L) and Andrew Taggart of The Chainsmokers pose. REUTERS/Mike Blake
2018 American Music Awards - Arrivals - Los Angeles, California, U.S., 09/10/2018 - Amara La Negra. REUTERS/Mike Blake
2018 American Music Awards - Arrivals - Los Angeles, California, U.S., 09/10/2018 - Macaulay Culkin. REUTERS/Mike Blake
2018 American Music Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 09/10/2018 – Ella Mai poses. REUTERS/Mike Blake
2018 American Music Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 09/10/2018 – Tyra Banks poses. REUTERS/Mike Blake
2018 American Music Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 09/10/2018 – Kyle Richards and Mauricio Umansky pose. REUTERS/Mike Blake
2018 American Music Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 09/10/2018 – Musical group NCT 127. REUTERS/Mike Blake
2018 American Music Awards - Arrivals - Los Angeles, California, U.S., 09/10/2018 - Alexa Bliss. REUTERS/Mike Blake
2018 American Music Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 09/10/2018 – Chantel Jeffries poses. REUTERS/Mike Blake
2018 American Music Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 09/10/2018 – Cardi B poses. REUTERS/Mike Blake
2018 American Music Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 09/10/2018 – Kathryn Hahn poses. REUTERS/Mike Blake
2018 American Music Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 09/10/2018 – Post Malone poses. REUTERS/Mike Blake
2018 American Music Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 09/10/2018 – Bebe Rexha poses. REUTERS/Mike Blake
2018 American Music Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 09/10/2018 – Jared Hampton, Tripp Howell, Brandon Lancaster, Chandler Baldwin, and Eric Steedly of LANCO. REUTERS/Mike Blake
2018 American Music Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 09/10/2018 – Qveen Herby poses. REUTERS/Mike Blake
2018 American Music Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 09/10/2018 – Evan Ross and Ashlee Simpson pose. REUTERS/Mike Blake
2018 American Music Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 09/10/2018 – Ty Dolla Sign and Lauren Jauregui pose. REUTERS/Mike Blake
2018 American Music Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 09/10/2018 – Bebe Rexha poses. REUTERS/Mike Blake
2018 American Music Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 09/10/2018 – Marsai Martin poses. REUTERS/Mike Blake
2018 American Music Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 09/10/2018 – Carrie Underwood poses. REUTERS/Mike Blake
2018 American Music Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 09/10/2018 – G-Eazy (L) and Halsey. REUTERS/Mike Blake
2018 American Music Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 09/10/2018 – Kathryn Hahn poses. REUTERS/Mike Blake
2018 American Music Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 09/10/2018 – Camila Cabello poses. REUTERS/Mike Blake
2018 American Music Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 09/10/2018 – Leighton Meester poses. REUTERS/Mike Blake
2018 American Music Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 09/10/2018 – Ciara poses. REUTERS/Mike Blake
2018 American Music Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 09/10/2018 – Tyler Hubbard (2nd L) and Brian Kelley (2nd R) of Florida Georgia Line with Hayley Stommel (L) and Brittany Cole (R) . REUTERS/Mike Blake
2018 American Music Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 09/10/2018 – Heidi Klum poses. REUTERS/Mike Blake
2018 American Music Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 09/10/2018 – Rita Ora poses. REUTERS/Mike Blake
2018 American Music Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 09/10/2018 – Rita Ora poses. REUTERS/Mike Blake
2018 American Music Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 09/10/2018 – Busy Philipps poses. REUTERS/Mike Blake
2018 American Music Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 09/10/2018 – Cobie Smulders and Taran Killam. REUTERS/Mike Blake
2018 American Music Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 09/10/2018 – Carrie Underwood poses. REUTERS/Mike Blake
2018 American Music Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 09/10/2018 – Jennifer Lopez poses. REUTERS/Mike Blake
2018 American Music Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 09/10/2018 – Amber Heard poses. REUTERS/Mike Blake
2018 American Music Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 09/10/2018 – Gladys Knight poses. REUTERS/Mike Blake
2018 American Music Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 09/10/2018 – Gladys Knight poses. REUTERS/Mike Blake
2018 American Music Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 09/10/2018 – Lil Dicky (L) and Benny Blanco. REUTERS/Mike Blake
2018 American Music Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 09/10/2018 – Michael and Kyle Trewartha of Grey. REUTERS/Mike Blake
2018 American Music Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 09/10/2018 – Bad Bunny and J Balvin. REUTERS/Mike Blake
2018 American Music Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 09/10/2018 – Chloe Bailey and Halle Bailey of Chloe x Halle. REUTERS/Mike Blake
2018 American Music Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 09/10/2018 – Cece Winans poses. REUTERS/Mike Blake
2018 American Music Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 09/10/2018 – Amber Heard poses. REUTERS/Mike Blake
2018 American Music Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 09/10/2018 – Rita Ora poses. REUTERS/Mike Blake
2018 American Music Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 09/10/2018 – Rita Ora poses. REUTERS/Mike Blake
2018 American Music Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 09/10/2018 – Heidi Klum poses. REUTERS/Mike Blake
2018 American Music Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 09/10/2018 – Ciara poses. REUTERS/Mike Blake
2018 American Music Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 09/10/2018 – Leighton Meester poses. REUTERS/Mike Blake
2018 American Music Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 09/10/2018 – Carrie Underwood poses. REUTERS/Mike Blake
2018 American Music Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 09/10/2018 – Carrie Underwood poses. REUTERS/Mike Blake
2018 American Music Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 09/10/2018 – Amber Heard poses. REUTERS/Mike Blake

She added that the awards represented “encouragement and motivation to be better and work harder”.

Referring to the fact the awards were “voted for by the people”, Swift said: “You know what else is voted on by the people?”, before telling fans to “get out and vote” at the midterm elections.

There was a political undercurrent to Tuesday’s show at Los Angeles’ Microsoft Theatre, and before Swift took to the stage, fans were urged to vote during an impassioned plea by American Horror Story star Billy Eichner.

He told the audience they should register to vote if they cared for “equality for women, for people of colour, for the LGBTQ community, if you believe that climate change is real”.

The speech was welcomed by loud applause while host for the evening, American comedian Tracee Ellis Ross, wore a T-shirt bearing the slogan “I am a voter”.

Elsewhere, Swift was not the only major celebrity to perform, with both Mariah Carey and Jennifer Lopez taking to the stage. They were joined by Post Malone, Camila Cabello and British star Dua Lipa.

Other winners on the night included Migos, Shawn Mendes, Cabello and Carrie Underwood.

Migos were acknowledged as the favourite duo in the pop/rock category, Mendes won the adult contemporary artist, Cabello’s Havana took pop/rock song and Underwood was recognised as the favourite country music female.

Cardi B won the favourite rap artist gong and thanked her three-month-old daughter, Kulture.

WATCH: Mariah Carey and Camila Cabello win the AMAs with spine-tingling performances of With You and Consequences

Late rapper, XXXTentacion, who was gunned down in June aged 20, won a posthumous award.

His album 17 was recognised in the soul/R&B category, seeing off competition from Khalid and SZA.

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Mariah Carey performs With You at the AMAs (Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

XXXTentacion’s mother, Cleopatra, accepted the prize on stage.

Fighting back tears, she said: “I am honoured. On behalf of my son, I would like to thank the AMAs, his fans and everyone who made this possible. Thanks guys, I appreciate it.”

There was also a tribute to the Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin, who died in August.

Read more: Gladys Knight performs moving tribute to Aretha Franklin at the AMAs

XXXTentacion wins posthumous award at the AMAs 

The main winners:

Taylor Swift was the big winner at the American Music Awards (AMAs), scooping artist of the year.

The Reputation singer was joined on four prizes by her friend Camila Cabello, whose gongs included best new artist.

Elsewhere, Cardi B won three awards while the late rapper XXXTentacion was honoured posthumously.

Here are the main winners:

Favourite rap artist – Cardi B

Pop/rock male – Post Malone

Tour of the Year- Taylor Swift

Soul/R&B Male – Khalid

Pop/Rock song – Camila Cabello (Havana)

Country female – Carrie Underwood

Adult contemporary – Shawn Mendes

Favourite duo pop/rock – Migos

Favourite album Soul/R&B – XXXTentacion

Pop/rock album of the year – Taylor Swift (Reputation)

New artist – Camila Cabello

Artist of the year – Taylor Swift

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